7 Wool Coats for Chilly Winters

Nov 7, 2019

Last Tuesday, we talked about puffers, and a few of you asked for a similar post on winter coats.  A classic coat is a wardrobe necessity.  Something with a sleek style and a timeless look.  Here are a few coats that look like they fit the bill.

Kenneth Cole Boucle Coat ($170)

Michael Kors Zip-Front Coat (6 Colors, $90)

Lady Day Coat Thinsulate ($400)

French Connection Long Camel Coat ($144 til 11/7, $360 after)

Ann Taylor Funnel Neck Coat ($248)

J.Crew Bow Coat ($115)

Cole Haan Slick Coat ($299)

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  1. Liz says:

    I live in Atlanta, but travel to NY and IL for work about once a month each – as a result I’m now the proud owner of a sleek but substantial wool coat that hits just below the knees and an ankle length puffer (I’ve gotten over looking like an eggplant-colored Michelin man, I’m so warm!!) But both of these coats are a lot too much down here where fall only arrived a few weeks ago.

    What’s your suggestion for a “Southern” winter coat? I love all the fall and winter looks I see scrolling through Instagram (and when shopping), but can’t help but sweat thinking about wearing them at home

    • Jennifer says:

      Greeting Liz – I think you need to take the word “coat” out of your vocabulary when it comes to the South! I moved to Atlanta from Chicago several years ago. I promptly sent my mom my two down coats which I wore from November to March up North but would be useless where it never got below the 50’s in the winter. I kept my two wool coats but only pulled them out a couple of times a year. For work, I found a quality trench coat to be a great investment – J.Crew’s 2011 Icon Trench is a popular seller, and Banana Republic has classic and short trench options. For casual wear, I wore out a mid-weight Eddie Bauer parka. That’s no longer sold, but Gap’s Utility Parka Jacket is a close match. Thankfully “puffers” have slimmed down – I like Old Navy’s Packable Puffer Jacket to wear over workout clothes; their Lightweight Long Line Jacket has a little more coverage. If you still want a wool coat, I’d consider a topcoat – there’s J.Crew’s Daphne Topcoat, and BR has a Double-Faced Topcoat and a Reversible Car Coat. Good luck!

      • Liz says:

        I’ve been looking at a new trench, so that may be the route to go. I think it may also be some wanting what you can’t wear — I swear, the longer I spend in warmer falls and winters, the more I want to wear all the cold weather attire that would have me melting!

  2. Mercedes says:

    PSA for tall ladies with historically drafty wrists – J Crew offers tall sizes in coats and the sleeves are LONG! Also, the J Crew cocoon coat keeps me warm even in the dead of Michigan winters. Highly recommend.

  3. Nancy says:

    Good Morning- Your post on coats is timely as I have been trying to find a non wrap (because I already have one) knee length in a nice wool or cashmere blend under $500.00. So many coats now are only 3/4 length and it seems like puffers are much more abundant than wool/cashmere coats. The only issue is I need an XL or size 16 or 18 depending on the cut. Was hoping the JCrew Lady Daycoat with Thinsulate would out in larger than a 16 (JCrew coats are cut on the smaller size I think) but that did not happen. Am not a fan of Eloquii…honestly I don’t think their clothing is of great quality when I am looking for a long term wear like a winter coat. Thanks to you or any of your followers for links to options. .

  4. HH says:

    Dang, I wish I could justify another coat because I love the Michael Kors one and the Cole Haan one. Someone buy one so I can live vicariously through you.

  5. Anna says:

    I would love to see a post on men’s coats! My husband has a puffer for weekends/ the very coldest days, but he wants something more business casual for the office – that will also stand up to a 15 minute was to the metro. Any suggestions for you (or the possibility of a post from Kyle about stylish cold weather options for men)?

  6. Lara says:

    I recently bought Old Navy’s Relaxed Soft-Brushed Long Coat in Green and have been wearing it non stop for 3+ weeks. I live in Minnesota so the temps have already dropped to the low 20s and this coat has handled that (I mean I’m outside for 2 seconds before I jump in my car). I love how thick it is and it is very well made considering I paid $48 for it. 10/10 would recommend! I purchased my true size – Med (typically wear 8/10) since sometimes coats can be tight in the shoulders and I am able to wear all my thick sweaters and it still looks great!

  7. Ruth says:

    I can highly recommend the J Crew lady day coat. It is expensive, but the one I bought 11 years ago is still my go-to heavy winter coat. It has held up very well, I still get compliments on it every winter, and it works well for my southern high plains windy winter weather.

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